May 24, 2019
Students from middle school to university age gather at conferences around the world, representing countries (and occasionally organizations) in simulations of global issues. As much as possible, the gatherings follow the procedural format of UN negotiations. In addition to learning about pressing global matters, students sharpen their critical thinking, persuasive writing, public speaking, and debating skills. The conference this weekend with the theme of "Global heritage; global responsibility". The theme of the conference aims to encourage participants to consider the shared responsibility that we have, in all of our different communities, to create a safe and respectful future for all of us, while also understanding what each of our own cultural heritage is. The issues that will be debated in the conference range from "The situation in Palestine" to "Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance", topics which will push students to work together to find compromises to problems that concern all of us. We also have the honor of welcoming Professor Valerie Higgins, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Program Director for Sustainable Cultural Heritage at The American University of Rome who will deliver the keynote speech during the conference's opening ceremony. Students from both St. Stephen's School and St. George's British School will be participating in what is sure to be a fruitful and inspiring two days of debate.